Dorothee Oberlinger is today one of the most renowned representatives of her instrument. She made her debut in 1997 with the first prize in the international competition SRP / Moeck U.K. at the Wigmore Hall in London. Numerous invitations to concerts and festivals all over Europe, the United States and Asia followed. Ever since, she has been regularly invited to concert venues such as Grand Théatre Bordeaux, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, KKL Lucerne, Tonhalle Zürich, etc., as well as to festivals such as Resonanzen Wien, Yehudi Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, London Lufthansa Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Beethoven Festival Warsaw, or Beethovenfest Bonn.
As a soloist, Dorothee Oberlinger plays with the Ensemble 1700, founded by her in 2002, as well as with prestigious baroque ensembles and orchestras such as the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Musica Antiqua Cologne, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Academy of Ancient Music, London Baroque, Melante, Zefiro, Concerto Köln or L'arte del mondo. She works in various projects with leading musicians of the Early Music scene such as Reinhard Goebel, Giovanni Antonini, Vittorio and Lorenzo Ghielmi, Luca Pianca, Rachel Podger, Giuliano Carmignola, Sandrine Piau and Max Emanuel Cencic.
Dorothee Oberlinger’s CD recordings with baroque music of the 17th and 18th century are regularly awarded the highest international accolades. In 2008, she received an ECHO Klassik award in the category of "Best Instrumentalist of the Year", 2013 for the "Best Concerts of the Year (up to the 18th Century / Flute)" and 2015 for the "Best Chamber Music Performance of the Year". In the beginning of 2011, her CD "Flauto Veneziano" was awarded a "Diapason d'Or". She gave her successful debut as a conductor in Salzburg in early 2011, followed by her own production of Handel’s “Lucio Cornelio Silla” at acclaimed stations at WDR Tage Alter Musik in Herne 2016 and at the Göttinger Händel-Festspiele 2017 under her direction.
Dorothee Oberlinger is also involved in contemporary music, as well as her intense work with the music of the baroque, she has contributed to the recent CD "Touch" by the Swiss pop duo "Yello". Since 2009, she has been the director of the traditional Arolser Barockfestspiele festival. Since 2004, she has been a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg where she directs the Institute for Early Music. For her musical merits, Dorothee was nominated as an honorary citizen of her hometown of Simmern in 2016; in the same year, the city network of the Telemann cities appointed her as a “Telemann ambassador”. She is the designated director of Potsdamer Musikfestspiele from 2019.